Logistics UK has been invited to join the government’s Brexit Business Taskforce, providing advice about how logistics can overcome challenges posed by new trading arrangements.

It said the invitation, made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, was in recognition of the group’s work helping the government to keep Britain trading throughout the Brexit process.

David Wells (pictured), Logistics UK chief executive, said: “Logistics is the lifeblood of UK PLC – it is vital to all elements of trade and the economy, particularly as the nation looks to build new trading relationships after the UK’s departure from the EU.

“We are delighted that the importance of the sector has been recognised at the highest levels of government and look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue with them to achieve the best possible outcomes for our members and the wider business community.”

Other members sitting on the taskforce include the CBI, Institute of Directors, MAKE UK, Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business.

“Throughout the Brexit process, and particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, Logistics UK has established a reputation for providing evidence-based advice and pragmatic solutions to problems for government,” Wells added.

“I look forward to working closely with Mr Gove and the wider taskforce team to continue this work and reinforce the reputation of logistics as a key sector within the British economy among politicians, business leaders and the wider population.”